Abundance / by Susie Lubell

Abundance ketubah

The thing I love most about my work is my interaction with clients. Even by email or phone. But especially when it's someone local who comes over to the studio for a consult. Such was the case a few weeks ago when a lovely couple came over to discuss what they wanted in a ketubah. They weren't sure if they would just choose one of the ones from the portfolio or they wanted something of their own design. We talked about ideas and themes and in the end they decided to trust me to create the imagery surrounding the elements of their partnership they hold most sacred. Really? It blows me away every time.

And, after having made a handful of these, I finally don't feel like I'm going to barf the minute the clients leave the house. Let's hear it for confidence! that fickle bitch... So this is their ketubah. Most prominent are the pomegranate trees bursting with fruit. Apropos pomegranates (fertility symbol) the bride works at the hospital where I delivered both my kids and she's doing some fund-raising for my midwife's clinic so we had a short conversation about having babies. And then her fiance fell out of his chair and died. Just kidding.

They got engaged at the Western Wall in Jerusalem so we decided to include some of that imagery. The images on the bottom signify their love of cooking and their origins in wine country. And the shabbat evening table they intend to create with their family every week. The scales were a must for the groom. He's a lawyer and I guess balance is something they're working on as a couple.

It was interesting for me to watch them discuss what they wanted and diplomatically negotiate the elements to include. I have a good feeling about these two...